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Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture – VAST

The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) promotes the human rights and mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, and political opinion. We promote mental health and healing through trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support for individuals and families, and promote human rights through public education and advocacy campaigns on the rights of refugees and the prevention of torture.

We are a dedicated team of professionals in counselling psychology and social work, with decades of experience working with refugees from over 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

VAST is a member centre of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.


“Getting Through It”A Weekly Psychosocial Support Group for Refugee Claiamants

When: Wednesdays at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Settlement Orientation Services offices #207-744 West Hastings St. Vancouver

Registration: Contact us in advance at 604-299-3539 ext. 221


Please Donate

Thank you for considering a donation to VAST!

For over 25 years, we have supported tens of thousands of refugees to become active members in the civic and cultural life of our communities.

Become a donor, and become part of our community at VAST!

Please consider multiplying your impact by becoming a monthly donor. A regular donation of $5, $10 or $20 a month will make a tremendous difference to VAST and our clients. Monthly donations are easy to set up, reliable and secure through the CanadaHelps giving page.

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